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16 novembre: esercitazione “Volcex 21”

Martedì 16 novembre 2021 si svolgerà l’esercitazione di eruzione vulcanica “Volcex 2021” dalle 07.30 alle 18.30 locali.

Durante le esercitazioni verranno emesse pubblicazioni come NOTAMSIGMET carte riguardanti eruzioni vulcaniche simulate che non dovranno essere utilizzate a scopo operativo. I messaggi testuali inizieranno con “EXERCISE VOLCEX21 EXERCISE” e termineranno con “EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE”. In caso di eruzioni reali l’esercitazione verrà interrotta.

L’esercitazione prevede l’adozione di uno scenario di eruzione del vulcano islandese “Eyjafjallajokull” alle ore 08.00 del 12 novembre 2021, con contaminazione estesa da ceneri vulcaniche degli spazi aerei europei. Le simulazioni testeranno il Volcanic Ash Contingency Plan con lo scopo di:

  • valutare il coordinamento tra i vari stakeholders attraverso l’European Aviation Crisis Co-ordination Cell e l’Aircraft Crisis Co-ordination Cell;
  • testare la risposta del sistema ATM sulla base delle necessarie flessibilità chieste dagli operatori aerei;
  • testare la risposta dei sistemi aeroportuali in situazioni con un elevato numero di voli cancellati o dirottati.

Si ricorda che le simulazioni non impatteranno in alcun modo con le operazioni reali e le relative pubblicazioni dovranno essere ignorate.

W2697/21 NOTAMN
Q) LIXX/QWWXX/IV/NBO/W/000/999/4339N01139E999
A) LIBB LIMM LIRR B) 2111160630 C) 2111161730
E) EXERCISE VOLCEX21 EXERCISE
ICAO VOLCANIC EXERCISE ‘VOLCEX21’ WILL TAKE PLACE ON
16 NOVEMBER 2021 FROM 0800 TO 1700 UTC.
ANY PUBLICATION SUCH AS NOTAMS, SIGMETS AND CHARTS PUBLISHED FOR AND
IN RELATION TO THE EXERCISE SHALL BE DISREGARDED AND NOT BE USED FOR
OPERATIONAL PURPOSES. FREE TEXT IN PLAIN LANGUAGE OF PROMULGATED
EXERCISE PRODUCTS STARTS
WITH: EXERCISE VOLCEX21 EXERCISE AND ENDS WITH: EXERCISE EXERCISE
EXERCISE.
DURING EXERCISE ALL VOLCANIC ADVISORY PRODUCTS, INCLUDING ASH
CONCENTRATION CHART PROVIDED BY LONDON VOLCANIC ASH ADVISORY CENTER
(VAAC), WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH WEB SITE AT
HTTP://WWW.VAAC.METEO.FR (LOWER CASE) AND ALSO DISPATCHED BY ARO CBO
AS PER AIP GEN 3.1. UPON REQUEST.
EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE
F) GND
G) UNL

‘EXERCISE VOLCEX21 EXERCISE
GENERAL INFO VALID FROM: 13 NOVEMBER 2021 TO 16TH NOVEMBER 2021
1. GENERAL INFORMATION
THE EUR VOLCANIC ASH CONTINGENCY EXERCISE (EXERCISE VOLCEX21)
WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 16TH OF NOVEMBER 2021 FROM 08:00 UTC TO
16:00 UTC.
EXERCISE LEADER: ICELAND WITH THE SUPPORT OF EUROCONTROL/NETWORK
MANAGER (NM)
VOLCANO: THE EXERCISE WILL USE THE SCENARIO AGREED DURING THE
PLANNING MEETING, HELD IN JANUARY 2020 AND WILL SIMULATE AN
ERUPTION OF EYJAFJALLAJOKULL STARTING AT 06:00 UTC ON 12 NOV
2021. THE EXERCISE WILL COVER DAY 5 OF THE ERUPTION ON 16 NOV
2021.
VAAC LONDON WILL GENERATE VAA/VAG CHARTS AT SIX HOURLY INTERVALS
AS PER THE EUR/NAT VA CONTINGENCY PLAN.
EVITA (EUROPEAN CRISIS VISUALISATION INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR ATFCM)
WILL SUPPORT VOLCEX 21. IN ADDITION TO THE STANDARD FEATURES OF
THE NM NETWORK OPERATIONS PORTAL CHARTS (E.G. SECTORS,
AERODROMES, FLIGHTS, ETC.) IT WILL PROVIDE TWO TYPES OF VOLCANIC
ASH RELATED INFORMATION:
– ASH CONCENTRATION/CONTAMINATION DATA, PROVIDED BY VAAC LONDON
AND UPLOADED INTO EVITA BY EUROCONTROL
-DANGER AREAS DECLARED DUE TO VOLCANIC ASH VIA NOTAM, PUBLISHED
BY STATES AND UPLOADED INTO EVITA BY EUROCONTROL.
*
DURING THE EXERCISE A NUMBER OF MESSAGES (E.G. NOTAMS, VAAS,
SIGMETS, AIMS, ETC.) WILL BE ISSUED. THEY WILL ALL START WITH THE
EXPRESSION ‘EXERCISE – VOLCEX21 – EXERCISE’ AND END WITH
‘EXERCISE – EXERCISE – EXERCISE.’ UPON RECEIVING THESE MESSAGES,
AIRCRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY ACTION.
IN THE EVENT OF AN ACTUAL VOLCANIC ERUPTION, THE EXERCISE WILL BE
TERMINATED.
2. OBJECTIVES OF THE EXERCISE.
EXERCISE THE MERGED EUR/NAT VOLCANIC ASH CONTINGENCY PLAN (EUR
DOC 019 AND NAT DOC 006-PART II).
FOR INDIVIDUAL STATES: TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR NATIONAL
PROCEDURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ICAO PLAN.
FOR ANSP REVIEW OF OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES THAT SHOULD BE ALIGNED
WITH THE EUR/NAT VACP AND ENSURE ATCO AWARENESS AND MANAGEMENT OF
THE OPERATIONAL SITUATION IN A VOLCANIC ASH EVENT
FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: TEST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF (ORGANISATIONAL)
VOLCANIC ASH CONTINGENCY PLANS AND/OR PROCEDURES AND EXERCISE THE
ORIGINATION, DISSEMINATION, RECEPTION AND USE OF VOLCANIC ASH
RELATED AERONAUTICAL/METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION (INCLUDING
VAA/VAG,VA SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. VA SIGMET, NOTAM, SPECIAL
AIR-REPORTS ON VOLCANIC ASH ACTIVITY AND DIVERSION CAPABILITY)
ENSURE THAT NOTAMS ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ANNEX 15 AND THE ICAO
EUR/NAT VOLCANIC ASH CONTINGENCY PLAN.
*
LIMIT THE USE OF DANGER AREAS IN ACCORDANCE TO THE VACP,
ATTACHMENT X4.
CONDUCT WORKSHOP ON EXERCISE PREPARATION WITH AN EMPHASIS ON
REVIEWING THE NEW MERGED VACP AND EXERCISE DIRECTIVES (INVITATION
TO PARTICIPATE TO BE EXTENDED TO EACCC STATE FOCAL POINTS – WITH
AN EMPHASIS ON ANSPS, MWOS, NOFS AND NATIONAL REGULATORS)
EXERCISE AND EVALUATE CRISIS CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS
STAKEHOLDERS THROUGH EACCC (THE EUROPEAN AVIATION CRISIS
CO-ORDINATION CELL) AND THE AIRCRAFT OPERATOR CRISIS
CO-ORDINATION CELL (AOCCC).
TEST THE ATM RESPONSIVENESS TO THE NEED FOR AO OPERATIONAL
FLEXIBILITY.
EXERCISE AND EVALUATE THE NEW EVITA MAP AND IMPROVED
FUNCTIONALITY.
TEST TRANSMISSION/DISSEMINATION OF SPECIAL AIR-REPORTS ON
VOLCANIC ASH FROM AIRCRAFT VIA VHF, CPDLC AND SATCOM
(PRE-COORDINATION WITH OPERATOR NEEDED) ACCORDING TO ICAO SCHEME:
AO – ACC – MWO – ROC AND VAAC (ICAO AFS: AFTN/AMHS/RODEX, SADIS)
THEIR UPLOAD AND DISPLAY ON THE NM NOP PORTAL/EVITA TOOL AND
TEST THE DISPLAY OF SPECIAL AIR REPORTS BY THE US NWS USING THE
INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WIFS THAT SHOULD MIRROR THE
INFORMATION PROVIDED ON SADIS IN THIS REGARD (VERIFIED BY VAAC
LONDON)
TEST CROSS-BORDER SIGMET COORDINATION
TEST AIRPORT READINESS IN SITUATION WITH HIGH NUMBERS OF STRANDED
PASSENGERS
*
TEST AIRPORT DIVERSION CAPABILITY INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION
REMINDER THAT ALL EXERCISE ACTIONS AND PROCEDURES SHALL NOT
AFFECT REAL OPERATION AND, SO ALL MESSAGES AND COMMUNICATIONS
SHALL STARTTHEIR FREE TEXT WITH THE EXPRESSION -‘ EXERCISE VOLCEX
21 EXERCISE’AND END WITH EXPRESSION – ‘EXERCISE –
EXERCISE-EXERCISE’
3. PLUME ATTRIBUTES AND FIRST INFLUENCED OR VERY CLOSELY
INFLUENCEDBY THE ASH CLOUD AS ISSUED BY VAAC LONDON:
AMSTERDAM, ANKARA, BEOGRAD, BODOE OCEANIC, BRATISLAVA, BREMEN,
BUCURESTI, BREST, BRUSSELS, BUDAPEST, DNIPRO, GANDER, HELSINKI,
ISTANBUL, KALININGRAD, KOBEN-HAVN, KRASNOYARSK, LANGEN, LONDON,
L’VIV, MOSCOW, MUNICH, MURMANSK OCEANIC, ODESA, PARIS, POLARIS,
PRAHA, REIMS, REYKJAVIK, RIGA, ROSTOV-NA-DONU, SAMARA,
SANKT-PETERBURG, SCOTTISH, SHANNON, SHANWICK OCEANIC, SIMFEROPOL,
SOFIA, SWE-DEN, TALLINN, TYUMEN ROSCHINO, VILINIUS, WARSZAWA,
WIEN AND ZAGREB.
4. DE-BRIEFING
DE-BRIEF MEETING SPAIN WEEK OF 21 JAN 2022.
DE-BRIEF HOST SPAIN.
ON BEHALF OF THE EXERCISE LEADER (ICELAND) AND THE NETWORK
MANAGER
EXERCISE-EXERCISE-EXERCISE’